27 August 2008

Snoop Dogg's Australian visa false alarm

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Celebrations for Snoop Dogg's fans this week after hearing news that his Australian visa had been granted have been put on hold, reports the Associated Press. The hip-hop star's application is still being assessed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), and no speculations have been made about the results of the assessment.

The rapper is due to be touring Australia later this year with fellow-star Ice Cube, following the approval of an Australian visa from the DIAC.  However, the conditions of an Australian visa require an applicant’s character to be assessed against a set of guidelines, called the Austrailan visa character requirements.  Applicants must declare it if they have a criminal record, however minor and regardless of how long ago they incurred it.

"The department has now decided to do a full assessment of the character of Mr. Broadus, and the department has begun this assessment," a departmental spokesperson said.

Snoop Dogg’s application for an Australian visa has been granted three times before, but the DIAC are now conducting a full assessment of his character due to previous drug and firearms convictions.  He also overstayed his last visit by two days, and withdrew his visa application last year when he failed to pass the character requirements.

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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